Secret Valley Loop

MODERATE 5 reviews
#19 of 26 trails in

Secret Valley Loop is a 6 mile loop trail located near Walnut Creek, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Horses are also able to use this trail.

6.0 miles
1410 feet

kid friendly



mountain biking

trail running


horseback riding

wild flowers


This trail has numerous vistas of Mt. Diablo, much of the East Bay, and up into Napa Valley. Down in Secret Valley the trail gives a solid sense of what the early explorers and settlers experienced in this part of the state. One absolutely gets the feeling of traveling down one of the old stage roads. Portions of the trail are open to equestrian and mountain bikers.

16 days ago

Beautiful the entire way! Up and down, lots of hills, but gorgeous! Do it!

2 months ago

Beautiful views and wildflowers. On the harder side of moderate; the climbs aren't too steep but they keep going for awhile. Wall Pt. side is exposed, secret valley and BBQ terrace portions are shady with small river crossings.

We saw some wild turkeys and a fat rattle snake at the end of the hike. He was handsome but he rattled at me and my baby.

2 months ago

8 months ago

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I loved this hike. Me and 2 friends did it today in about 4 hours, taking our time and enjoying the views. The views of the bay are amazing and the hike isn't overly hard. There are some good uphill portions, but there are plenty of level and downhill portions too. We probably added an extra 30-45 minutes by missing the turnaround point and walking about a half mile too far. This hike should take about 2-3 hours depending on your hiking level. I move about 2mph, stopping for breaks every mile or so, stopping for pictures, just enjoying the hike. Overall a nice half day hike, great views, and a nice variety of open wide paths along the ridge, mixed with narrow dirt paths under oak trees.